The Greek language now has its own World Day, being celebrated on February 9, the day that also honors the memory of Dionysios Solomos (April 8, 1798 – February 9, 1857).

This celebration seeks to highlight the Greek language’s fundamental role and defining contribution to the development and establishment of European and World Culture. Greek remains a language that enriches international scientific discourse; it is the language that developed, shaped and expressed the beginning of most scientific theories, philosophical thought, and literature.

“It is a language that has been spoken for 40 centuries without interruption. It has also been written in the same way, using the same alphabet, for 28 centuries, and it has held on to the same spelling rules for 24 centuries “, as Professor of Linguistics Giorgos Mpampiniotis notes.

The celebration’s initiative started with an idea and suggestion by the Federation of Greek Communities in Italy. This year’s celebration saw the participation of classical high schools from the whole of Italy, as well as of schools from Greek schools around the world.